Being the second-largest film industry in the world after Hollywood, Bollywood actors fees are measured in millions. These actors are extremely popular in India and the Asian continent for their work. Therefore, their salaries and net worth tend to be high. Read on for the 12 highest paid Bollywood actors in 2021.
17. Arjun Kapoor – $1 million
Next on our list is one of the artists belonging to a relatively new generation of actors. Arjun Kapoor was born on 26 June, in the year of 1985, in a family that already had experience in the film industry. His parents, Boney Kapoor and Mona Shourie Kapoor, are well-known film producers in this Asian country.
Also, Sanjay Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Janhvi Kapoor as well as Sridevi are his relatives. Although he began his career as a producer, Arjun made his Bollywood debut in 2012 in “Ishaqzaade” movie. This was followed by some other roles that caused his popularity to grow. As for his earnings, in 2019 he managed to accumulate just a bit under $1 million.
16. John Abraham – $1 million
Believe it or not, it’s never too late to change your profession. A great example of this is John Abraham who used to be a model but realized that he had a talent for acting, so he became an actor in Bollywood. This multitalented person was born on December 17, 1972.
Interestingly, his real name is Farhan Irani, but he decided to use his father’s name, Abraham John, but in reverse order. John started his acting career in the year of 2003 when he made his debut in “Jism” movie. This was followed by a role in another popular movie called “Dhoom”. This meant that the rise of his Bollywood career and great popularity began. When it comes to money that he managed to make in 2019, the amount is similar to Arjun Kapoor, which is about $1 million.
15. Abhishek Bachchan – $1.3 million
You will notice that there are several actors on our list who have family members that are well known in the film industry of India. Abhishek Bachchan is one of them. His father is the famous Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan. The first film to make his Bollywood debut was 2000’s Refugee.
However, this film, as well as some of the other Bachchan films after it, were not very successful. But, 4 years after his debut, in 2004, there was a role in “Yuva” movie, after which his career began to grow. In addition to numerous roles, Abhishek Bachchan has shown his talent as a producer. All of this made him a big profit, and in 2019 he made about $1.3 million.
14. Saif Ali Khan – $1.4 million
Another successful, high-income actor in Bollywood is Saif Ali Khan. Khan was born on 16 August, in 1970 and started acting in his early 20s. Probably his mother had an influence on his choice of occupation because she is also an actress and her name is Sharmila Tagore. He made his debut in 1993 in the movie “Parampara”.
Unfortunately, the success of this movie was not big, so the first great role that made him famous was in “Yeh Dillagi” but also in “Main Khiladi Tu Anari” movies. These two romantic dramas became very successful and brought popularity to the young Saif Ali Khan. He has received several National Film Awards and Filmfare Awards so far. Khan is currently married to Kareena Kapoor who is also an actress. As for his earnings, Khan managed to earn about $1.4 million
13. Rajinikanth – $7 million
The real name of this extremely popular actor is Shivaji Rao Gaekwad. His popularity is huge not only in India but also in neighboring countries, so it can be said that Rajinikanth is one of the biggest stars of the Indian film industry ever. In addition to his passion for acting, he also owns a very large collection of luxury cars. His profit in 2019 was really high, and by some estimates, he made about $7 million in just one movie.
12. Tiger Shroff – $7-9 million
Tiger is famous for movies like Heropanti (2014), Flying Jatt (2016), and Baghi 2 (2019). He has a very large fan base and will surely become an even bigger star.
11. Varun Dhawan – $10 million
Varun Dhawan is the son of the famous director David Dhawan. He is known for his work in numerous movies and advertisements. He endorses different brands as well.
10. Shahid Kapoor – $11 million
Starting his career in 2003 with Ishq Visq, he truly got recognized in 2005 and 2006. He is one of the most sought for actors in Bollywood at the moment.
9. Ajay Devgan – $12-13 million
His real name is Vishal Veeru Devgan, and his first movie was Phool Aur Kante. It made him famous, and he won a Filmfare Award for the best debut actor for this movie.
8. Amitabh Bachchan – $16 million
The legendary actor is known as Big B and has worked on more than 190 movies. He started in 1969 with the movie Saat Hindustani. He won 15 Filmfare Awards and 4 National Awards. He holds the honor of a Knight of the Legion of Honor.
7. Ranbir Kapoor – $16-18 million
His first movie was Saawariya, while he also starred in Bachna ae Haseeno. More movies came after this, which made him famous and successful.
6. Ranveer Singh – $17-20 million
This actor debuted in Bollywood thanks to the movie Baja Barat, receiving the best debut actor Filmfare award for his role. He starred in various other movies since then, most of them hits.
5. Hrithik Roshan – $25-28 million
He is the son of a famous filmmaker Rakesh Roshan and is known as the Greek God because of his good looks and a strong physique. His first movie was Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, a big hit. Since then, he starred in dozens of hit movies.
4. Shah Rukh Khan – $30-32 million
This actor is known as the King of Bollywood, SRK or Badshah of Bollywood. He is an amazing actor, known for romantic movies. HE received 14 Filmfare Awards and the Padma Shri Award. He is also famous for multiple hit TV series. He supports children’s education, owns the cricket IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders, as is the co-owner of Red Chillies Entertainment and Motion Pictures Production House.
3. Aamir Khan – $30-33 million
Known by his nickname Mr. Perfectionist, the actor works only on one film at the time, in order to give out the best performance. He has won eight Filmfare Awards, four National Awards, a Padma Shri Awards, and a Padma Bhushan award. His first movie came in 1998, called Qayamat Se Qayamat, a hugely successful one. The actor is also very popular in China. He also directs and produces movies now.
2. Salman Khan – $38.5 million
At the moment, he is the biggest actor Bollywood has to offer. More than a billion people follow him on social media. He is the son of the famous writer Salim Khan. His debut was the movie Biwi Ho Toh Aisi (1988). He also held spots on the Forbes list of highest-paid actors. He won two National Awards and two Filmfare Awards. Other than acting, he runs the non-profit organization called “Being Human”.
1. Akshay Kumar – $40.5 million
His real name is Hari Om Bhatia. His first movie was Aaj in 1987, a box office flop. His next movie was Khiladi in 1992, after which he is widely known as Khiladi Akshay Kumar. He has always been one of the most sought after stars in Bollywood. He was once the seventh highest-paid actor in the world, according to Forbes. He won the Padma Shri in 2017, as well as Filmfare Awards, a Zee Cinema award, IIFA award, and many others.
These were the highest Bollywood fees for their most paid actors. Although not that popular in the rest of the world, they are their nation’s pride, loved and adored by billions.